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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Jul-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1

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Jun-17-14
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  offramp: Beating fellow Grandmasters in level rook endings. In those days VK was a powerhouse.
Jun-17-14  Howard: Chess Life said in its article on this closely-fought match that Korchnoi was the "world's greatest" in the endgame at the time.

That's quite believable. Out of the five games he won from Karpov in their 1978 encounter, four of them were decided in the endgame. By contrast, out of Karpov's six victories (which won him that match), only one (Game 14) was, arguably, due to better endgame play on his part.

Jun-17-14
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  perfidious: In my opinion, Korchnoi rates as an all-time great in the endgame, for all the praise which has been heaped upon other titans who are indeed outstanding in that phase.
Dec-26-15  Howard: Any idea where Polugaevsky went wrong ? Chess Life says little about this particular game.

No, I don't have a computer yet.

Dec-26-15
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  Retireborn: <Howard> The game is annotated in Informator by Sveshnikov, but he doesn't mention what seems to me the obvious way to draw; 49.Rc1! Kd6 50.Kf4!

52.e4 is a mistake according to Houdini (Sveshnikov gives it a !) - here too just 52.Kf4 seems good enough to hold.

Dec-26-15  Brian.elkhoury: Why is 64.Kd3 is not a draw?
Dec-26-15
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  beatgiant: <Brian.elkhoury> <Why is 64.Kd3 is not a draw?>

64. Kd3 b3 65. Kd4 Kxd6. After that, White can't stop Black from maneuvering his king to a2, winning.

Dec-27-15
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  Benzol: After 64.Kd3 if I were Black I would play 64...b3 followed by capturing the of the White d-pawn. Then I would march my King around to a2 forcing the White rook away and then promote my b-pawn. I don't see how White could stop this.
Dec-27-15
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  Benzol: <beatgiant> You beat me to it.

:)

Apr-17-16  Howard: This just in ! According to the recently-issued book Understanding Rook Endgames, Polugaevsky missed a draw with 60.Kd2! Instead, he played 60.Kd4? and the position was lost at that point.

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